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Healthy Living Newsletter

February, 2003

Vol. 3 Issue 2

In this issue. . .

Heart Health

February is American Heart Month
Happy Hearts are Healthy Hearts
Safe Snow Shoveling Tips

This Month's Health Tip:
Getting the most from your doctor appointments

February's Health Awareness Calendar:
National Children's Dental Health Month
9-15 - National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week

February's Birthdays, Anniversaries and other Milestones

Our Staff Recommendations:
Women and Heart Disease

February's Poll
What do you like MOST about getting older?


February is American Heart Month

    Happy Hearts are Healthy Hearts

    There is more than a grain of truth to the cliché "Laughter is the best medicine."

    Research has revealed good news and bad news about how emotions affect our health.

Shoveling Snow

    Safe Snow Shoveling Tips

    With Jack Frost nipping at our toes, keep in mind that outdoor activities can be risky. Snow shoveling, for example, can be especially dangerous. Exercise experts say shoveling heavy snow requires as much energy as running 9 miles per hour! In addition, breathing cold air, and being exposed to the cold all make the heart work harder.

    Read these tips for safer snow shoveling.

This Month's Health Tip:

    Getting the most from your doctor appointments:

    • Prepare for your Doctor appointments.
      Keep a journal. Track things like medications, side effects, all symptoms, etc.

    • When making appointments, be specific
      Make sure the receptionist allots the proper amount of time for your vist. You will feel better if you are not rushed.

    • Use Generic Drugs
      Ask your doctor if a generic drug is available for prescriptions. Generic drugs are often less expensive than the brand name drug, and they contain the same ingredients.

    • Ask Questions
      Make sure you understand everything you need to about your treatments. Keep track in your journal of any questions you may want to ask.

February's Calendar

February is also:

Children's Dental Health Month

    National Children's Dental Health Month

    February 9-15 - National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week

February Anniversaries and Milestones:

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday to:

    1 - Kathy (Wix4)
    4 - Karen Schmidt (karens84)

    Happy Anniversary to:

    1 - Jeff and LyndyLu (lpoyser)
    11 - Gidget and Gene - 3 years!
    12 - Steve and Sue Claus - 19 years!
    14 - Debbie and John (prettywolf77) - 16 years!

    Join our Birthday/Anniversary Club

    Sign up here!
    www.healthylivingonline.org/birthdayclub.html

Our Staff Recommendations:

Women and Heart Disease

    Coronary heart disease is a woman's concern. Every woman's concern. One in ten American women 45 to 64 years of age has some form of heart disease

February's Poll



    Do you have suggestions for our newsletter? A particular Journal entry that moved you? Something in a buddy journal that warmed your heart? Send your suggestions to newsletter@healthylivingonline.org



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